Colorful foliage and flowers connect this planting scheme via a thread of crimson and purple. The dark crimson eye of the rose of sharon echoes the foliage of Winecraft Black® Cotinus. Flowers of varied shapes in shades of purple provide blooms from late spring to early fall. In winter, evergreen foliage of the hebe, helleborus, and dwarf conifer provide structure. This composition is looks great for months on end thanks to a pleasing variety of plant shapes and foliage textures. The bulk and stature is made up of the Winecraft Black® smokebush, Hibiscus, Cedrus d. 'Divinely Blue', Hebe 'Pretty n Pink', and the variegated maiden grass. For most installations, you'd use one of each of these plants and then surround them with multiples of the supporting cast members—the perennials: three to five each of the helleborus, penstemon, and salvia.
Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun
Water Needs: Average, Occasional, Regular / Even, Low
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Harmonious Colors, Low Maintenance, Romantic Cool Colors, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Color Theme, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water, Small Space
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading, Divide Plants to Rejuvenate